Klassik photo by Cara Hunt.

Art for Everyone

Three neighborhoods, three days of music, supporting three local schools.

Everything sounds sexier in Spanish, doesn’t it? So why not warm up this weekend by celebrating local art, music and art programs in local schools. The scoop: “Arte Para Todos” (Art for Everyone) is a three-day music and art series where all participating local bands are waiving their fees and 100% of proceeds from each event goes toward supporting art and music programs at Bay View High School, Tamarack Waldorf High School and Escuela Fratney.

The weekend’s events are split by neighborhood: Friday night in Bay View, Saturday in Riverwest, and Sunday on the East Side. Overall, the event will span over 20 venues and feature over 70 local bands and 20 visual artists.

A few highlights:

Friday February 27th – Bay View

Music: Klassik & The Fatty Acids feat. WC Tank at Cactus Club, Whips & WebsterX at Club Garibaldi’s, No/No at Tonic Tavern

Art: Jeffrey Eckel painting live at the Highbury.

Saturday February 28th – The Riverwest

Music: GGOOLLDD at Company Brewing, Jaill and Canopies at Club Timbuktu, Bliss & Alice at Mad Planet, and Christopher Porterfield at Linneman’s.

Art: Works from Riverwest artist John Kowalczyk at The Riverwest Public House.

Sunday March 1st – East Side

Music: Music Video Festival curated and hosted by WC Tank at Hotel Foster, Tigernite at Yield, a showcase of female local artists at Jazz Estate and Surgeons in Heat at BBC Upper.

Plus, an all-ages showcase at BBC Upper from some of the best young music collectives in the city like the School of Rock House Band, True Skool, Mercury Street and more.

ami w colorEntry to any one venue on any of the days will cost $7, while one-day passes are going for $12, and weekend passes for $20. Passes will be available for purchase here and individual event tickets will be sold at each venue (cash only).

All the evenings events, times and details can be found here.

“We will always have the city we ask for, either explicitly or through apathy and inaction. Arte Para Todos is based on the idea that culture is an act of will, and that if we want a healthy, vibrant city where the arts can flourish then we have to act on that desire,” says event organizer Chuck Watson.

Promotional poster created by kids from the benefitting schools.



Jenna Kashou is a writer, storyteller and journalist specializing in lifestyle and culture feature writing for print and web. She is a frequent contributor to Milwaukee Magazine, MKE Lifestyle Magazine, The Business Journal and more. She was chosen as the fifth writer in residence at the historic Pfister Hotel where she wrote about and photographed guests and events. A Milwaukee native, Kashou has lived abroad and visited far-flung locales like Greece, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, and Argentina. She has always had an enormous sense of pride for her hometown and spreads this Milwaukee love everywhere she goes.